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elderly (age group)

Definition:

a person who is old

Class:

person noun (people)

Usage:

usually plural

Plural:

elderly*
(* elderly may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

aged [usually plural]

Etymology:

"elder" + "-ly" (1). Old English ealdorlic meant "chief, princely, excellent,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of elderly...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Old age | Leanne | seniors | senior citizens | older adults | the elderly | elders

consists of ages nearing or surpassing the average life span of human beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle. Euphemisms and terms for old people include, Leanne, seniors, senior citizens, older adults, the elderly, and elders. Old people... (41 of 2603 words, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Old age

New World Dictionary:

elderly | elderliness [noun, related]

somewhat old; past middle age; approaching old age | quite old; already in old age; aged | not current; outmoded (18 of 23 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/elderly

Collins Dictionary:

elderly | elderliness [noun, derived]

quite old; past middle age | ("as collective noun;" preceded by "the") [related adjective] geriatric (14 of 536 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/elderly

Oxford Dictionary:

old | older [comparative] | oldest [superlative] | mother | any old | any old how | as old as the hills | be old enough to be someone's father | for old times' sake | ...

having lived for a long time; no longer young | See also "elder" [entry 1], "eldest". | made or built long ago | possessed or used for a long time | ... (27 of 458 words, 23 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/old

elderly | elderliness [derived]

Syllabification: (eld·er·ly) | [persons] old or aging | (of a machine or similar object) showing signs of age (16 of 73 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/elderly

Merriam-Webster:

elderly [entry 1, adjective] | old-fashioned [synonym, sense-specific] | aged [synonym, sense-specific] | aging [synonym, sense-specific] | ancient [synonym, sense-specific] | geriatric [synonym, sense-specific] | long-lived [synonym, sense-specific] | old [synonym, sense-specific] | older [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

rather old ; especially, being past middle age ; "old-fashioned" | of, relating to, or characteristic of later life or elderly persons (21 of 146 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/elderly

elderly [entry 2, noun] | elderlies [plural]

an elderly person (3 of 17 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/elderly show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

elderly | the elderly

an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it's often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect ... (26 of 119 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/elderly

American Heritage Dictionary:

elderly | elderlies [plural, sense-specific] | elderliness [noun, related]

Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old. | Of, relating to, or characteristic of older persons or life in later years. | An elderly ... (25 of 60 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/elderly

Random House Dictionary:

elderly

somewhat old; near old age. | of or pertaining to persons in later life. (13 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/elderly

Cambridge Dictionary:

elderly [entry 1, polite word]

old (1 of 9 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/elderly 1

elderly [entry 2] | the elderly

old people considered as a group (6 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/elderly 2

Wiktionary:

elderly | elderlies [plural] | old [synonym, sense-specific]

old; having lived for relatively many years | an elderly person | [elderly] older people as a whole (16 of 20 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/elderly

Encarta Dictionary:

elderly | elderliness [noun, derived]

past middle age and approaching the later stages of life (sometimes considered offensive) | characteristic of or relating to life after middle age | ... (22 of 68 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607746​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

elderly

First use: 1610s

Origin: "elder" + "-ly" (1). Old English ealdorlic meant "chief, princely, excellent, authentic". Old English also had related eldernliche "of ... (20 of 23 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=elderly

Wiktionary:

elderly | elderlies [plural]

Origin: elder + -ly

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/elderly

elder | elders [plural]

Origin: Old English eldra, from Proto-Germanic *alþizô. The vowel change from a to e triggered by the following i is called umlaut.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/elder

-ly

Origin: Middle English -ly, -li, -lich, from Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līkaz ("having ... | Old English -līċe. (17 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ly

Audio references

Wiktionary:

elderly | elderlies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "elderly"

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Collins Dictionary:

elderly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "elderly"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/elderly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

elderly

Audio: British English pronunciation of "elderly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/elderly

Macmillan American Dictionary:

elderly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "elderly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/elderly

Cambridge Dictionary:

elderly [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "elderly"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "elderly"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/elderly 2

the Free Dictionary:

elderly

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "elderly"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "elderly"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "elderly" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/elderly

Google Dictionary:

elderly

Audio: English pronunciation of "elderly"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

elderly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "elderly"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=elderl​01 word=elderly

YourDictionary Audio:

elderly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "elderly" by speech synthesizer

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